A Search for a Postmodern Theater: Interviews with Contemporary Playwrights

By John L. DiGaetani | Go to book overview

CRAIG LUCAS

Craig Lucas has written Missing Persons ( 1981), Reckless ( 1983), and Blue Window ( 1984). With composer Craig Carnelia, Lucas also wrote the musical play Three Postcards ( 1987). With his frequent collaborator, director Norman Rene, he conceived and developed Marry Me a Little, an evening of songs by Stephen Sondheim. His Prelude to a Kiss began at South Coast Repertory in 1988 where it was commissioned and premiered; subsequent productions at Berkeley Repertory and Circle Repertory off-Broadway preceded a move to the Helen Hayes theater on Broadway in 1990. Lucas has also completed The Secret Lives of Dentists, a screen play based on a story by Jane Smiley. In addition, Lucas has written the text for the chamber opera Orpheus in Love ( 1986) with composer Gerald Busby.

Lucas' work has also appeared at Playwrights Horizons, Steppenwolf, the Atlantic Theatre Company, the Old Globe, and countless other resident theaters. He has received the George and Elisabeth Marton Award, the L.A. Drama Critics' Award, three Drama-Logue Awards, Guggenheim and Rockefeller grants, the Obie, the Outer Critics Circle Award, two Drama Desk nominations, and a Tony Award nomination.

DiGaetani: I really enjoyed your Prelude to a Kiss in its fine Broadway production. Why did you use that title?

Lucas: I started with the song by Duke Ellington, Irving Gordon, and Gordon Mills. When I began work on the play, I was listening to a lot of Duke Ellington and I thought that song had extra reverberations for my story -- more than just the ones in connection with the big kiss at the end of Act One; there are a lot of kisses in the play, and there's an ultimate, metaphoric one, if you go in for that sort of thing.

DiGaetani: How does the song connect with the play?

Lucas: I'm always happy to talk about work and work methods, but I don't want to do my own literary criticism. That's the audience's domain -- and the critic's. I really think artists ought to keep their mouths shut

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  • Title Page iii
  • Copyright Acknowledgments v
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Robert Anderson 1
  • Alan Ayckbourn 15
  • Eric Bentley 27
  • Ed Bullins 39
  • Mart Crowley 47
  • Jules Feiffer 55
  • Horton Foote 65
  • Michael Frayn 73
  • Larry Gelbart 83
  • Amlin Gray 91
  • Simon Gray 97
  • John Guare 105
  • A. R. Gurney 113
  • ChriS+̄topher Hampton 121
  • William M. Hoffman 133
  • Israel Horovitz 139
  • Tina Howe 149
  • David Henry Hwang 161
  • Albert Innaurato 175
  • David Ives 183
  • Barrie Keeffe 191
  • Romulus Linney 199
  • Craig Lucas 211
  • Terrence Mcnally 219
  • Adrian Mitchell 229
  • Richard Nelson 237
  • Marsha Norman 245
  • Eric Overmyer 253
  • David Storey 259
  • Timberlake Wertenbaker 265
  • August Wilson 275
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  • Bibliography 305
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